Tony Ahedo is a new voice in dramatic cinema. His debut film Icon deals with a lot of real topics and themes that are prevalent in the world today. He has touched a nerve with society. People will be talking about his film. It has already premiered at a couple of film festivals in Florida where he is based. This is an incredible debut based on his previously released short film. He has captured a side of teen life that has rarely been seen on film before. This isn’t your average everyday coming of age film — it’s better.
Parker Padgett plays a teenage boy who has a good life. He has a girlfriend played by Devon Hales and parties with his friends and he is enjoying life as a teenager until one day when his girlfriend tells him she is pregnant. This causes him to spiral downward and get into illegal things. He starts to ponder what his life would be, and about his father, who is in jail. He starts having to think about what his life will end up like in the future. This isn’t the average coming-of-age story.
Coming-of-age films have dealt with dark themes in the past. Kids have gotten into a lot of bad stuff in these films. That good though because this is the real side of life. It’s rare though that a film about pregnancy is captured from the male side of things. These films show how the difficulties of fatherhood can strain even the best of relationships. I know from experience with my own family. Ahedo put his thumb on the pulse of life.
The cast that Ahedo assembled does a very good job of getting to the heart of who these characters are. Their motivations and the emotional state. The script gets to the bottom of what this film is trying to say. The actors execute this dialogue superbly. Mostly unknowns, these actors tackle this script like seasoned professionals. They laugh, cry, and get angry at all the right moments and none of it seems contrived. Ahedo gets every drop of blood, sweat, and tears from them. They should be applauded
Themes of fatherhood or motherhood have been tackled plenty of times in films in the past. Some to comedic nature and others to a more dramatic nature. The film Icon takes a look at various aspects involving both sides of parenthood. The male side, the female side, and the adult side. People forget these terms have parents too. How they react and respond to the decisions of their kids is a key aspect of the story. In this case, they are impeccable. All the responses are perfectly executed.
Having dealt with a father who wasn’t always there for me and my siblings, I can relate to this story of tern pregnancy. The responsibility of a young man and young woman are enormous. Bringing a child into the world is a huge undertaking. There are a lot of single mothers in the world; young men aren’t always responsible enough to be there for their children. It’s easy to leave or give up on a child or mother of an unborn. It takes a real man to stay and accept responsibility for taking care of the said child.
As a producer, Ahedo probably didn’t have much of a budget to make this fantastic film. He gets the most out of his money, though. The production aspects look very authentic. The cinematography, music, and other aspects of the film are first-rate. He gets every penny’s worth from everybody involved in the film. In front and behind the camera. As writer, director, and producer, Ahedo has to work triple time and it shows in the end product.
Icon tackles popular themes but does it in a way previously unseen before. Usually from the female side of things, pregnancy is handled with great care from the male side of things. The aspects of fatherhood and motherhood are dealt with perfectly. The cast and crew and everybody involved deserve all the accolades they can get. Ahedo is the real winner here though. As his breakout film, Icon seems like it’s a work of a seasoned filmmaker. This is the film for people to see how an indie film is done.
Dan Skip Allen
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